1980’s: Exeter Tip: Pesticide detected: Dieldrin.

Tasmanian *** noticed that animals grazing freely in paddocks gave birth to malformed offspring, while penned animals did not. Freely grazing cattle also became lame and died after profuse bleeding from the nose, mouth and ears. Local vets diagnosed poisoning, but were unable to pinpoint the source. Analysis of the soil revealed dieldrin levels so high that *** requested the Department of Agriculture to quarantine part of his farm. The dieldrin had leached from drums dumped at the Exeter tip, located in the water catchment upstream of his property. p 144/5 Quick Poison Slow Poison. Pesticide Risk in the Lucky Country. 1994 Kate Short